Frequently Asked Questions
What is a meltdown?
I am defining meltdown as any behaviour that happens when the individual is not coping. These behaviours could be anything from completely shutting down for a time, shouting or screaming, running away, to becoming physical towards themselves or others.
What is Sensory Accessibility?
Some people have their senses 'turned up' and this can lead to meltdown, sensory overload, pain, anxiety, which can then lead to isolation and exclusion from cultural spaces. This could be described as having 'Sensory Processing Challenges'.
Is it just those with Autism who can experience Sensory Overload?
It is estimated that 11 million people in the UK alone* may find accessing cultural spaces challenging due to Sensory Overload. This figure includes people with ADHD, Dementia, Down Syndrome, PTSD, Epilepsy and Autism. Some people will have no diagnosis or other diagnoses such as Sensory Processing Disorder that are not included in this figure.
Do you offer staff training on Sensory Accessibility?
I offer staff online training packages for museums, libraries and other cultural spaces. I know first hand how difficult it can be to access mainstream services. So far, my training has received positive feedback from Tatton Park and Historic Royal Palaces,
Why do you use comic art for your work?
Comic art is visual and accessible. I feel through drawing I can express to others what sensory overload can feel like. I want others to feel less isolated and alone when experiencing meltdowns and Sensory Processing Challenges. My work is inspired by personal experience that people may connect with and feel less alienated and alone.
*2019 estimates of people in the UK diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Dementia, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Anxiety and PTSD. Google Search Engine
IMPORTANT: I am a qualified teacher with an Autism Spectrum Condition, I am not a trained medical professional, and the information here is not designed to replace medical advice.
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